THE IMPACT OF SEX EDUCATION ON NIGERIAN YOUTHS
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1.1 Background of the study
Sex education is one of the major determinants of future stability in families of any nation. It is a comprehensive and systematic development programme extending from infancy to maturity. It is planned and directed to produce social and moral desirable sexual attitudes, practices and behaviour; Calder wood and Sloan (2008). Sex problem have had a very devastating effect on the individual in our society. Some people have wrong idea about sex education. This is not surprising considering the fact that many old people have their respective point of view about life. In a society where boys and girls admitted into the same school creates problem of physical problem and emotional involvement, which eventually results in arousing sexuality. This anxiety created in them; make them jump into this game of uncontrollable emotion.
In response to the outlined areas of young people’s need for sex education, Ajuwon, (2012) provided a detailed summary of outcomes and successes of sexuality education. He listed six criteria for assessing success, including(a) level of comfort in discussing sexuality and reproductive health issues; (b)knowledge of reproductive health; (c) perceived self-efficacy to adopt safe behaviour; (d) attitudes towards adopting safe sex behaviour and toward persons living with HIV/AIDS; (e) sexual behaviour; (f) reproductive health outcomes including unwanted pregnancy.
1.2 Statement of the problem
The most critical issues of providing comprehensive sex education include the difficulty of coping with the large population of young people (more than half of the national population) in Nigeria. Apart from the difficulty of accessing funds for programmes, the lack of political will by appropriate government ministries to mobilize programmes in schools and out-of-school programmes in different parts of the country is a major challenge. To do this,there is need for massive training of teachers, primary health care personnel and community youth leaders, among others in order to make meaningful impact.The challenges of the fast rate of spread of HIV and AIDS in Nigeria,particularly among young people, calls for modification in the programming and implementation of sexuality education in Nigeria. The current move to implement a curriculum that has greater concentration of HIV and AIDS component is definitely challenging since there is the fear of overloading the curriculum. This is particularly true, in view of the fact that there still remains other important areas of life skills education which are needed by young people.